Gordon Mese was happy the “For Lease” sign was stolen off his Government Street property when he put part of it up for rent last summer.
It was right after the Smokin Aces BBQ and Tiger Deaux-nuts merger, and as soon as the sign went up, the Meses received 42 phone calls of potential tenants, an amount he says was a bit overwhelming, 225 Dine reports.
“It was only 42 because the 42nd person stole the lease sign, thinking that they were the first person to see it and didn’t want anyone else to see it,” Mese says. “Thank God they stole the sign.”
Unfortunately for those 42 hopefuls, the Meses went in a different route. The previous pitmaster at Smokin Aces BBQ, Robert Vasquez, wanted to continue barbecuing after departing Tiger Deauxnuts and Barbecue after the merger. With Mese’s backing, Garden District Barbeque (or GD Barbeque) was born in the same building that once housed Smokin Aces.
The barbecue joint officially opened Monday and is starting off with what Mese calls “the true American barbecue basics.” The menu includes brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, pulled pork nachos, chicken and sausage—boudin for a little Louisiana flair—and sides of macaroni and cheese, baked beans, green beans, coleslaw and potato salad. Pro-tip: The macaroni and cheese is next level.